During the third presidential debate between Barack Obama and JohnMcCain, the topic of abortion came up. McCain gave a pro-life answer, andObama responded in turn. But Obama did something more: in a move reminiscentof much of his book
(2006), Obama sought to stake outsome common ground:The last point I want to make on the issue of abortion. This is an issuethat--look, it divides us. And in some ways, it may be difficult to--toreconcile the two views. But there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortioncan come together and say,
We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth,communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not beengaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, andhelping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby.
Those areall things that we put in the Democratic platform for the first time thisyear, and I think that
s where we can find some common ground, becausenobody
s pro-abortion. I think it
s always a tragic situation. (New York Times 2008)The search for common ground was a hallmark of the 2008 presidential